“The people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do” (Steve Jobs, 1985 Apple ‘Think different’ commercial). No one would dispute the fact that Steve Paul Jobs instigated a new way of thinking, not only in the business world, but also in the minds of over 100 million customers as well.
Born on the 24th February 1955, Jobs started his first company, known as Apple Computers, Inc. at age 20. Apple grew over time to be the most profitable company in the world, by producing and distributing (tablet-) PCs, phones, technological equipment and music services. Furthermore, Jobs invented Pixar (bought by Disney for $7.4 billion) and NeXT (another Computer company), which became a tremendous successes.
To gain enlightment , Jobs studied Zen Buddhism. This was defining for his philosophy on how products and companies should be created.
His ambition in life was far more than to just develop and invent technology, which was supposed to make the world a better place. Moreover, he tried to give the world an inspiration to “think different”.
Jobs’ personality appeals to many young adults to make a difference in the world and to contribute to the human race, while bringing about change. I am one of these, who gained faith that it is possible to have an impact as a single person due to his popular speeches. For instance, in his Stanford commencement speech, the inventor reflects the obstacles and challenges which he had to face in order to become the person he was. He mentioned his tough childhood in an adoptive family, during which he discovers his passion for technology and Buddhism. As a matter of fact, Jobs faced a huge amount of difficulties and learned to deal with setbacks, for example, as he was urged to leave Apple on September 16, 1985. He describes that later in an interview, as one of the most terrible and frustrating moments of his lifetime. Although Jobs returned to Apple when the company suffered from a massive economic crisis and a lack of innovation. 12 years later, the Apple board decided to bring Jobs back to his domain.
Firstly, Jobs was appointed as the iCEO of Apple computers, because the former CEO John Scully still held office. After two years in office, Jobs was allowed to relinquish the i-title.
With Jobs on board, Apple rebounded back to its previous strength and innovation. For instance, in 2006, Apple invented the iPhone, a breakthrough in the tech industry. To be fair, that wasn’t a one-man success. Jobs had the sense to recruit the most talented and smartest people (“A-Players”) in the world, which resulted in the outstanding inventions we are all using today.
In 2003, unfortunately, Jobs was diagnosed with a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor. He struggled over eight years until he passed away due to his miserable medical situation.
To conclude, Steve Jobs led a new zeitgeist into society. His vision, personality and his inventions fundamentally changed the world. As far as I can see, there is no way around as to have such humans being like him, as soon as we really want to understand the complexity of the world and invent necessary technologies which can help the human species to survive over the next million years.